7 Photos That Will Inspire You To Explore The Western Cape

7 Photos That Will Inspire You To Explore The Western Cape

The Western Cape of South Africa is a holidaymaker’s dream destination. It is filled with world famous tourist attractions and hidden gems alike. Sometimes we focus so much on the former that we forget about what the latter has to offer. This is exactly what I aim to highlight in this post with a collection of photos that will inspire you to explore the Western Cape. So head out of the busy city and take a Shot Left!   West Coast National Park is one of the Western Cape’s most popular natural attractions. Every year during the August and September flower season the park explodes into colour when thousands of flowers come out to play in the Spring sunshine. This also attracts thousands of visitors who come to view the beautiful little things as well as to explore everything the park has to offer. But did you know that the West Coast National Park also offers houseboat accommodation? I can’t imagine anything more calming than relaxing on the tranquil blue waters of Langebaan while soaking up the sun.       The Garden Route is a lush green part of South Africa that stretches from Heidelberg in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. It’s a must on everyone’s list of places to see in the Western Cape and has an array of attractions and accommodation options. One such place is Botlierskop Private Game Reserve nestled in the Outeniqua Mountains. The reserve is a hidden gem accessible by a little dirt road driving and is located just before the town of George. With rolling mountain views...
8 Things To Do In Tsitsikamma During Winter

8 Things To Do In Tsitsikamma During Winter

Tsitsikamma, situated along the scenic Garden Route, is a playground of adventure activities. We visited this amazing part of the Eastern Cape three weeks ago on a family weekend away – smack bang in the middle of winter. It was cold but bearable and the stunning scenery certainly made up for it. Storms River village is about an 8 hour drive from Cape Town including some refuelling and farmstall rest stops. If you’re not used to such a long drive, it would probably be best to have an extra driver on board so you can relieve each other. The list of things to do in Tsitsikamma is endless and the fact that it’s winter doesn’t mean you need to miss out on anything! Things to do in Tsitsikamma during winter You might already feel overwhelmed with all the Garden Route attractions but trust me; you’ll want to experience Tsitsikamma at least once. Admittedly, the weekend was almost too short to see all the places on our list but we made it happen! All attractions were open during our visit and below are a list of things to do in Tsitsikamma during winter as experienced by us. Be warned, you might want to pack your bags and go there immediately! 1) Stop at the Tsitsikamma Total Village Otherwise known as the Petroport, this is not your average petrol station. The ‘village’ includes favourites such as Mugg & Bean and Steers but that’s not why you should make a stop here. If you take a walk through the Steers, you’ll find an entrance to the lookout point with the most amazing...
How To Spend 2 Hours In Riebeek Kasteel

How To Spend 2 Hours In Riebeek Kasteel

You might be thinking why the heck you’d want to drive all the way to Riebeek Kasteel to spend a mere two hours there. Well, when you’ve got a baby on board (human or fur baby for that matter) things can change very quickly. We took an hour’s drive to the town of Riebeek Kasteel a few days after the masses who’d attended the annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival had left. The intention was to spend the day in the quaint little town and possibly discover a few hidden gems. As you can see from the title of this post, it didn’t quite work out that way. So should you find yourself with only a few hours to spend in Riebeek Kasteel, here’s what to do. 20min – Start by taking a stroll down the Main road As with most small towns in the Western Cape, there’s mainly only one street where all the action is and this one is no different. So you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s a lack of things to do in Riebeek Kasteel but you’d also be wrong. The main road has a wide variety of shops, art galleries and places to eat so you might very well end up spending quite some time there.  I have a thing for old churches so we purposefully parked opposite the Dutch Reformed Church so we that we could start our walk up the Main road from this architectural beauty. 15min – Take a slight left into Short street Just as we passed the Royal Hotel the quirky Short street just off the main road caught our...
Carmien Tea Tasting and Farm Tour in the Cederberg

Carmien Tea Tasting and Farm Tour in the Cederberg

So what does an expecting mama in her third trimester do for fun around these parts? That’s the question I’ve been trying to get answers to in the last few weeks. Let’s face it, there’s not much we can do that requires minimal exertion. Cue a post from Carmien Tea popping up in my Twitter newsfeed and I suddenly had something to look forward to doing again. The Perfect Outing for an Expectant Mom As any expectant mother will tell you, we’ve got to watch what we eat and drink very carefully. Rooibos tea is one of the things I could enjoy freely throughout my pregnancy without worry. So when I saw the post about the tea tasting and farm tour Carmien Tea offered, I was excited. We immediately made plans to book as my time for road trips is running out fast! Carmien Tea is situated on the Bergendal farm just outside the town of Citrusdal. On a supposedly mild day last week we take on the N7 highway, dodging trucks and road works along the way. We quickly realise that a mild day in Cape Town does not mean the same thing on the West Coast. Temperatures peak at 30 degrees as we near the Piekenierskloof Pass and the aircon remains on full blast. The turn-off to Carmien Tea, the Paleisheuwel road, is a welcome escape from the busy highway. We drive for 7 kilometres to our destination having the road entirely to ourselves. Rooibos tea exclusively grows in this part of the world due to the warm and dry climate being the ideal conditions for it....
8 Incredible Places To See In Montagu

8 Incredible Places To See In Montagu

Even though our little trip to Montagu was three weeks ago, the wonderful time we had still lingers in my mind. Montagu is one of those towns where you simply have to take your time. You don’t rush a good thing (or time for that matter). We visited quite a few interesting places durin our short stay in the historic town. So in the spirit of preventing FOMO, here’s a list of 8 places to see in Montagu. Take the Road Less Travelled – R318 Everyone always takes the Route 62 when heading in the direction of Montagu. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a route packed with attractions but this doesn’t mean it’s the only route. The R318 is a detour route to Montagu just after De Doorns on the N1 highway. As we take the turn-off I’m not initially impressed. We’re met with dried-up dams and endless views of well, nothing. But pretty soon the flat landscapes turn into beautiful curves including the hairpin turns of the Burgers Pass. The R318 is refreshingly free of traffic so you won’t need to do any yellow line driving for hasty drivers. Get to Know the Locals at the Montagu Village Market The Montagu Village Market is held every Saturday in the Euvrard Park right opposite the tourism bureau in Bath Street. We popped in bright and early before our tractor ride for some good coffee and delicious pancakes. The market is a good way to mingle with the locals and chat to those who’ve made the move from city to farm life. You’ll also get local produce at a fraction...
Roundup of 2016 South Africa Travel Highlights

Roundup of 2016 South Africa Travel Highlights

The year 2016 has no doubt been a rollercoaster ride for me to say the least. But there were as many highs as there were lows and we all know by now that we’ve got to take the good with the bad. So I’ve decided to do a little round-up of my 2016 South Africa travel highlights as a way of reflecting on the year that’s about to come to an end. Zip Lining in the Mountains We kicked off the year with an action packed zip lining adventure in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. I must admit when I saw the heights from which these zip lining ropes were suspended, I was scared out of my wits. The Cape Canopy Tour crew however did a very good job of putting my mind at ease and ensuring that I ended having an amazing experience! Taking a Winter Break at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve In winter this year we took a trip down the Garden Route to the stunning Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. What an icy cold getaway it was! We woke up every morning to what felt like minus 10 degrees outside but our luxury tented suite kept us warm and cosy with its air conditioner. The reserve is situated in a beautiful part of the Outeniqua mountains and is and all-rounder – 4 of the big 5 animals, spa treatments , the works. An Impromptu Road Trip Through Four Towns Spur of the moment road trips usually end up making the best memories. And that’s exactly what we decided to do one idle day in July this year. We started off in the...

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